Chestnut Ridge Church
Wise Guy - Part 1
Through God, Solomon wrote the Old Testament book of Proverbs so we could grow in understanding and wisdom, and so we would know what to do and how to respond to various situations in life. The starting point of wisdom is what Solomon calls, "the fear of the Lord."
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Wise Guy - Part 1 [June 4, 2017] Tim Haring

Fear of the Lord: walking in step with God.






Proverb: A popular saying, regarded as conveying wisdom…[1]
– Dictionary of Bible Themes


[1] Manser, M. H. (2009). Dictionary of Bible Themes: The Accessible and Comprehensive Tool for Topical Studies. London: Martin Manser.
Proverb: a short, popular saying that communicates a familiar truth or observation in an expressive and easily remembered form. [1]
- Harper’s Bible Dictionary


[1] Achtemeier, P. J., Harper & Row and Society of Biblical Literature. (1985). In Harper’s Bible dictionary (1st ed., p. 831). San Francisco: Harper & Row.
Proverb: a pithy saying, especially one condensing the wisdom of experience.[1]
- New Bible Dictionary


[1] Hubbard, D. A. (1996). Proverb. In D. R. W. Wood, I. H. Marshall, A. R. Millard, J. I. Packer, & D. J. Wiseman (Eds.), New Bible dictionary (3rd ed., p. 977). Leicester, England; Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.
By this book, one can learn the principles that determine success or failure in the major arenas of human activity, including business, personal relationships, family life, and community life.[1]
– D.A. Garrett


[1] Garrett, D. A. (1993). Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of songs (Vol. 14, p. 67). Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers.
Commentators often refer to [Proverbs 1:7] as the “motto” of the book. A motto in a book is a sentence or phrase adopted as representing the character and substance of the book as a whole.[1]
- Dr. Reyburn


[1] Reyburn, W. D., & Fry, E. M. (2000). A handbook on Proverbs (p. 29). New York: United Bible Societies.
In this verse it is the starting point without which nothing else can follow. It may be taken as the root, fundamental, or basic element upon which all wisdom is built…’To recognize the authority of the Lord is the A-B-C of wisdom.’”[1]
- Dr. Reyburn


[1] Reyburn, W. D., & Fry, E. M. (2000). A handbook on Proverbs (p. 30). New York: United Bible Societies.
No single English word conveys every aspect of the word fear in this phrase. The meaning includes worshipful submission, reverential awe, and obedient respect to the covenant-keeping God of Israel…throughout Proverbs the fear of the Lord means to respect and believe the Lord.
- Dr. Reyburn
Fear of the Lord: to recognize God’s character and respond by revering, trusting, worshiping, obeying, and serving Him.[1]
- Dr. Buzzell


[1] Buzzell, S. S. (1985). Proverbs. In J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck (Eds.), The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures (Vol. 1, pp. 907–908). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.
Fear of the Lord: walking in step with God.
· Spend time getting to know God
· Include God in every aspect of your life
· Consider what God may want when you are making decisions.
· Avoid those things you know don’t please God.

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